Cities Divided: Politics and Religion in English Provincial by John Miller

By John Miller

The spiritual and political heritage of past due 17th and early eighteenth-century England is usually written by way of clash and department. This used to be the interval whilst celebration clash - exacerbated through non secular enmities - grew to become a regular a part of English lifestyles. instead of denying the significance of partisan divisions, this ebook finds how civic occasion, designed as an expression of cohesion and amity, used to be usually used for partisan reasons, attaining a height within the 1710s. The animosities have been so much marked in elections, that have been usually corrupt and drunken, and infrequently very violent. yet department and clash weren't common. Many cities shunned electoral contests, now not simply because they have been within the pocket of a good aristocrat, yet as a question of planned coverage. regardless of occasional affliction, city executive hardly broke down, or even violent elections ended with bruises instead of fatalities.

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